Sunday, April 22, 2012
Earth Day Number 4 (of 4). Transportation & Telecommuting
Number 4. Transportation & Telecommuting. Consider alternatives before you drive some place. Smart phone “apps” let you do all kinds of comparison shopping without driving an inch. Consider carpooling. Most jobs can be done via telecommuting, at least occasionally. The savings are 5 to 10 times the price of the gas involved when consider the costs to the employer, employee and the environment.
ToDo: Telecommute occasionally if your job allows it… Work to get your employer to allow it (only about half have such an option). There are about $20,000 to $30,000 in telecommuting savings for a Full-time equivalent (FTE) employee.)
A quick summary of statistics related to telecommuting research can be found at Commute Zero.
“If all those who drove or carpooled who had the ability to telecommute actually did so, the time savings would be equal to 470,000 new jobs in the economy.” Stated differently, might be that if they all worked (another job) to replace the lost time in commute they would represent about a half million FTE workers.
About half of the workers in the US could telecommute at least occasionally. About 25% could telecommute full time, but only about 11% do.